For many, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a time for making resolutions. For book lovers, it’s a great opportunity to start setting reading lists for the year ahead. Here (in order of publication) are some new science fiction, fantasy and horror titles that I can’t wait to get my hands on next year.
Author: Benjamin Warner
Release Date: April 12, 2016
What it’s About: This debut novel from Baltimore creative writing teacher, Benjamin Warner, isn’t science fiction, fantasy or horror per say, but it does contain a speculative element, exploring what our future might be like without water.
Why I’m Looking forward to it: While this will be my first experience reading Warner, as a self-professed post-apocalyptic fiction junkie, I enthusiastically devour everything from Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead graphic novels, to Emily St. John Mandel’s more realistic Station Eleven.
Book: The Fireman
Author: Joe Hill
Release Date: May 17, 2016
What it’s About: For his next novel, Joe Hill treads similar territory to his father in The Stand, albeit with a twist: the pandemic in question causes sufferers to spontaneously combust.
Why I’m Looking forward to it: Post-apocalyptic setting? Check. Female protagonist? Check. That it comes from the same author as the Christmas-themed horror novel, NOS-4R, only sweetens the deal.
Book: End of Watch (Formerly known as The Suicide Prince)
Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 7, 2016
What it’s About: The third and final book in King’s crime trilogy about retired police detective turned private investigator, Bill Hodges, brings the story full circle as Hodges tries to prevent Mr Mercedes from committing another brutal attack.
Why I’m Looking forward to it: Not only is it a new Stephen King book, but this one looks like it will be a welcome return to the classic supernatural horror of his earlier works.
Author: Josh Malerman
Release Date: July 14, 2016
What it’s About: Despite being slated for publication in July, few details have been released about musician and horror author Josh Malerman’s second novel, including the title.
Why I’m Looking forward to it: Malerman’s debut novel, Bird Box, about creatures that send anyone who lays eyes on them into fits of homicidal madness, was one of the creepiest books I’ve read in years.
Book: The Burning World
Author: Isaac Marion
Release Date: August 9, 2016
What it’s About: This long-promised sequel to Warm Bodies follows star-crossed lovers R and Julie as they work to rebuild civilisation, with a little help from their undead friends. According to Marion, a third book, currently titled The Living, is expected to hit shelves sometime in 2017.
Why I’m Looking forward to it: I enjoyed Marion’s unusual take on zombies in Warm Bodies, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he builds on this concept.
Book: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Release Date: September 27, 2016
What it’s About: Laini Taylor’s first book since completing her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy chronicles the centuries-old conflict between gods and men. The second book, The Muse of Nightmares, is already scheduled for a 2017 release.
Why I’m Looking forward to it: A new Laini Taylor book is always a treat, full of beautiful language and whimsical ideas. I had the pleasure of attending a masterclass with Laini in 2014, and not only is she extremely talented herself, but she’s also very supportive of emerging writers.
Author: Will McIntosh
Release Date: October 25, 2016
What it’s About: McIntosh’s latest novel is about a man with no memory, from a fragmented version of Earth, who jumps off the edge of the world in search of the woman who may hold the key to unlocking his past.
Why I’m Looking forward to it: I’ve been a huge fan of McIntosh’s since reading Love Minus Eighty in 2013. I highly recommend his work to “soft” science fiction fans who prefer thought-provoking social commentary to scientific detail.